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Tate Modern: The Tanks
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Nearly all of London's major public galleries are completely free so you know you're not compromising on quality by choosing the cheaper option. Lots offer free talks and tours if you time your visit cleverly. Some special exhibitions do attract an admission fee but there's more than enough in each gallery to keep you well and truly absorbed without having to pay to visit these.

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Saatchi Gallery

Charles Saatchi's relocated gallery champions younger artists and is still free to all

Duke of York's Square, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

The Saatchi Gallery re-opened on 9th October 2008 in the former military barracks of the Duke of York's Headquarters. The 70,000 square feet represents a significantly larger space than its previous 40,000 occupancy at County Hall. Ousted from the Southbank site in 2005, the re-location of the gallery had long been speculated upon and hotly anticipated. The former ad man Charles Saatchi made the transition to the art world in the 1990s, championing young artists and buying in bulk the works of Young British Artists like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. In keeping with this trait, the gallery includes a dedicated space for emerging artists from the Saatchi Online website.

 
 

Events at Saatchi Gallery

From Selfie To Self-Expression OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

31st March to 23rd July 2017 | Free

 
From Selfie To Self-Expression Saatchi Gallery 2017-03-312017-07-23 Where:
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road London, SW3 4SQ
Category: Art Galleries
Tatler's English Roses 2017
On SoonFree Event

30th June, 1st July and 2nd July 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Tatler's English Roses 2017 Saatchi Gallery 2017-06-302017-07-02 Where:
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road London, SW3 4SQ
Category: Art Galleries

Tatler magazine is brought to thrilling life with portraits, behind the scenes video and an interactive disco booth featuring works by the acclaimed photographer David Burton.

The Lost Men Of Syria
On SoonFree Event

19th July to 9th August 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
The Lost Men Of Syria Saatchi Gallery 2017-07-192017-08-09 Where:
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road London, SW3 4SQ
Category: Art Galleries

Exhibitions & Art, Photography.

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National Gallery

This art collection belongs to the British public and is free to visit

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

The National Gallery dominates over London's Trafalgar Square as it dominates all other galleries in the city in terms of world renown. Some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, are included among the 2300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. This really is the place to come for top quality artwork spanning a wide spectrum of styles and periods. From the Early Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists, every significant stage in the development of painting is represented in its collection, often by masterpieces. Originally established by Parliament in 1824, the collection belongs to the British public and every effort is made to encourage the public to visit, view and experience the art: free entry, free events, free talks and free tours support this ethos of encouragement and enthusiasm. Regular weekend activities include: guided tours at 11.30am, 2.30pm with extra tours at 12.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays, lunchtime talks on Saturdays at 1am, and Art Through Words sessions for visitors with a visual impairment at 11.30am on the last Saturday of the month.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Michelangelo & Sebastiano Ends TodayFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th March to 25th June 2017 | Admission charge, members go Free

 
Michelangelo & Sebastiano National Gallery 2017-03-152017-06-25 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Take One Picture
OngoingFree Event

7th June to 24th September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Take One Picture National Gallery 2017-06-072017-09-24 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Rubens And Rembrandt
OngoingFree Event

22nd March to 16th July 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Rubens And Rembrandt National Gallery 2017-03-222017-07-16 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Giovanni Da Rimini OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th June to 8th October 2017 | Free

 
Giovanni Da Rimini National Gallery 2017-06-142017-10-08 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th April to 28th August 2017 | Free

 
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic National Gallery 2017-04-262017-08-28 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
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National Portrait Gallery

10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

This isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional artistic merit - the overriding aim of the National Portrait Gallery is to reflect the status of the sitter, not the artist - but where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Sir Richard Branson and JK Rowling all hanging out together? The appeal of this gallery (opened in 1856) rests simply in its comprehensive commemoration of British history from the late 15th century to the present day through the medium of portraiture. The sense of progression and the feeling of familiarity with many subjects are what make the gallery so appealing. Having said that, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. The collection represents Britain and is arranged thematically, starting with the Tudors and ending with present day politicians and pop stars. Look out for the only surviving portrait of Shakespeare taken from life in The Ondaajte Wing, the Hans Holbein cartoon of Henry VIII, the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI, and the sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Photographs, caricatures, drawings and sculpture are included in the collection which also boasts 250,000 archived images. The National Portrait Gallery also hosts the annual Portrait Prize competition alongside ever-changing collections of contemporary work.

 
 

Events at National Portrait Gallery

BP Portrait Award 2017 OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd June to 24th September 2017 | Free

 
BP Portrait Award 2017 National Portrait Gallery 2017-06-222017-09-24 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie
OngoingFree Event

29th March to 30th October 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie National Portrait Gallery 2017-03-292017-10-30 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Antony Gormley: Object OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017 | Free

 
Antony Gormley: Object National Portrait Gallery 2016-09-072017-09-07 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Life, Death and Memory OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th April 2017 to 16th April 2018 | Free

 
Life, Death and Memory National Portrait Gallery 2017-04-132018-04-16 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music and Dance
On SoonFree Event

Friday 30th June 2017 - 6.30pm | Free

 
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music and Dance National Portrait Gallery 2017-06-302017-06-30 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

Academy students perform works by Messiaen.

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Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst's gallery won the Riba Stirling Prize, the UK's leading architecture award.

Newport Street, Lambeth, London, SE11 6AY

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 
 

Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery has been built to bring his collection of over 2,000 artworks out of storage and on display to the public. Taking up the whole length of the Vauxhall street, the gallery - a combination of three listed buildings flanked by new buildings at either end - was designed by Caruso St John, the archtects behind the 45 million masterplan for Tate Britain's 2013 facelift. It's really six spaces in one which can used in different combinations to show Hirst's private collection - which includes pieces by Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and British artists Sarah Lucas and Banksy - in small or very large exhibitions. "It's my Saatchi gallery, basically," he told the Observer in a 2012 interview. "It's a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates."

 
 
 

Photographers' Gallery

Britain's leading centre for contemporary photography.

16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

The Photographers' Gallery - Britain's leading centre for contemporary photography - emerged from a 3.6 million pound redesign in May 2012 revealing the work of Irish architects O'Donnell and Tuomey. Relocating from Great Newport Street, its home for the past 27 years, to occupy a former warehouse built in Ramilies Street in 1910, the Photographers' Gallery has three floors of galleries, a studio floor for education activities, a bookshop, cafe and print sales space. Best of all, it hosts a year-round programme of fantastic free exhibitions and events. At ground level the building has a glass wall that links its cafe to a little square outside where outdoor photographic displays are held. On the top floor a large window reveals views across Oxford Street and beyond. A visit to this long-standing gallery is always worthwhile and it's annual Deutsche Borse Prize, the photographer's equivalent of the Turner, is a must-see for anyone with an interest in photography.

 
 

Events at Photographers' Gallery

Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral Of The Pines
Ongoing

23rd June to 8th October 2017 - Various Times | £4, adv/concs £2.50, Free before 12noon

 
Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral Of The Pines Photographers' Gallery 2017-06-232017-10-08 Where:
Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street London, W1F 7LW
Category: Art Galleries
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Serpentine Gallery

Home of the long-running Summer Pavilion, the Serpentine is free all year round

Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 
 

The Serpentine provides a platform for contemporary artists, both British and international, with changing exhibitions. There's a permanent work comprising eight benches, a tree-plaque, and a carved stone circle by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay in the grounds of the gallery which is dedicated to the Serpentine's former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales. In July, the annual Summer Party is a highlight on the party circuit, attracting celebrities, fashionistas and models showing the latest designer dresses. Rather more artistically important is the Summer Pavilion; each year a distinguished architect is invited to build a temporary structure which sits alongside the gallery for the summer months. Often controversial and always a talking point, the Summer Pavilion is arguably one of the most interesting exhibitions that the Serpentine presents.

 
 

Events at Serpentine Gallery

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th June to 10th September 2017 | Free

 
Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! Serpentine Gallery 2017-06-082017-09-10 Where:
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens London, W2 3XA
Category: Art Galleries
Serpentine Pavilion 2017: Designed by Francis Kere OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd June to 8th October 2017 | Free

 
Serpentine Pavilion 2017: Designed by Francis Kere Serpentine Gallery 2017-06-232017-10-08 Where:
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens London, W2 3XA
Category: Art Galleries
Serpentine Architecture: Francis Kere In Conversation
On Soon

Monday 26th June 2017 - 7pm | £8, concs £6

 
Serpentine Architecture: Francis Kere In Conversation Serpentine Gallery 2017-06-262017-06-26 Where:
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens London, W2 3XA
Category: Art Galleries

Exhibitions & Art, Architecture.

The Studio: Here Is The Place
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 4th July 2017 - 10am-3pm | Free

 
The Studio: Here Is The Place Serpentine Gallery 2017-07-042017-07-04 Where:
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens London, W2 3XA
Category: Art Galleries

Literary & Education, Art Workshop.

The Radical Kitchen: Recipes For Change
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 5th July 2017 - 1pm | Free

 
The Radical Kitchen: Recipes For Change Serpentine Gallery 2017-07-052017-07-05 Where:
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens London, W2 3XA
Category: Art Galleries

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate.

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Tate Britain

One of four Tate galleries in the UK and home of the Turner Prize

Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 
 

Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other galleries around the UK, including Tate Modern also in London. Dedicated to showcasing Britain's artistic talent, Tate Britain is home to the greatest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. Since it opened in 1897, the collection has expanded to include works from Blake, Rossetti, Spencer and Stubbs. It also hosts the Turner Prize - the contemporary art world's premier award. Turner's Gallery (another tribute to the artist himself) is a virtual reconstruction of the room in which Turner showed his own paintings.

 
 

Events at Tate Britain

Cerith Wyn Evans: The Tate Britain Commission 2017
OngoingFree Event

28th March to 20th August 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Cerith Wyn Evans: The Tate Britain Commission 2017 Tate Britain 2017-03-282017-08-20 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Queer British Art 1861-1967 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th April to 1st September 2017 | Adult £16.50, concession £14.50

 
Queer British Art 1861-1967 Tate Britain 2017-04-052017-09-01 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art
OngoingFree Event

14th May 2013 to 31st December 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art Tate Britain 2013-05-142017-12-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
A Vision Of Love Revealed In Sleep With Neil Bartlett
On Soon

Friday 7th July 2017 - 7pm-9pm | £22

 
A Vision Of Love Revealed In Sleep With Neil Bartlett Tate Britain 2017-07-072017-07-07 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries

A one-man homage by the author and theatre maker, to the life and work of pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon.

Simeon Barclay: The Hero Wears Clay Shoes
On SoonFree Event

7th July to 5th November 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Simeon Barclay: The Hero Wears Clay Shoes Tate Britain 2017-07-072017-11-05 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
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Tate Modern

Europe's most popular art gallery is free to visit

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern pays homage to art from 1900 to the present day. Located along the banks of the River Thames, the gallery opened to great acclaim in 2000 and has since welcomed millions of visitors through its imposing doors. If you are visiting for the first time, you should approach from Blackfriars station, crossing Norman Foster's 'Blade of Light' footbridge walking towards this spectacular modernist masterpiece with the dome of St Paul's Cathedral behind you. The awesome Turbine Hall creates a stunning entrance and a vast space, used to display temporary installations on a grand scale. There are three levels of galleries enclosed by a spectacular two-storey glass roof that provides fantastic views of London and a great cafe. Full of the jokey eccentricities of contemporary art, it's one of the few art galleries that children and teenagers will enjoy, but it also offers the full set of iconic twentieth century artists, from Matisse to Moore, Dali to Picasso. Justifiably the most popular art gallery in Europe.

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Fahrelnissa Zeid Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th June to 8th October 2017 | Adult £12.50, concession £11, under 12s Free

 
Fahrelnissa Zeid Tate Modern 2017-06-132017-10-08 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Alberto Giacometti Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th May to 10th September 2017 | Adult £18.50, senior £17.50, concession £16.50, under 12s Free

 
Alberto Giacometti Tate Modern 2017-05-102017-09-10 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Room: Louise Bourgeois
OngoingFree Event

1st July 2016 to 31st December 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Artist Room: Louise Bourgeois Tate Modern 2016-07-012017-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Texture And Photography
OngoingFree Event

11th January 2016 to 31st August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Texture And Photography Tate Modern 2016-01-112017-08-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Between Man And Matter
OngoingFree Event

11th January 2016 to 31st December 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Between Man And Matter Tate Modern 2016-01-112017-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Expanded Painting
OngoingFree Event

11th January 2016 to 31st December 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Expanded Painting Tate Modern 2016-01-112017-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Louise Nevelson
OngoingFree Event

11th January 2016 to 31st December 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Louise Nevelson Tate Modern 2016-01-112017-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
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Tate Modern: The Tanks

A striking extension to Tate Modern, with underground chambers and a free open air viewing platform.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

A dramatic new development at Tate Modern, we got our first glimpse inside The Tanks in summer 2012 - revealed as part of the Cultural Olympiad in the 2012 Olympics - before they were fully opened to the public in summer 2016. The giant underground chambers, previously used to store a million gallons of oil, now host new audio works, installations and film installations as well as performance art. The striking extension, which cost 215 million, consists of two large circular spaces for performances and film installations, and smaller rooms which retain the smell of their industrial past. There's a room dedicated to Louise Bourgeois, a ground floor cafe and a restaurant. All very impressive. But the crowning glory is the free open air viewing platform on the top floor. Views over St Paul's, the River Thames and Millennium Bridge compete with those into neighbouring luxury apartments. Obey the signs saying 'respect the privacy of our neighbours', if you can.

 
 
 

Wallace Collection

Art classes, workshops, talks and tours all on offer for free

Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London, W1U 3BN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

Free art classes and workshops, talks and tours, bring alive to visitors the varied works of art on display in Hertford House - the original family home of The Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace. European paintings, miniatures and sculpture, French 18th-century furniture, Sevres and Meissen porcelain, goldsmiths' work and Oriental and European arms and armour combine to form one of the finest collections of art amassed by one family. Sir Richard Wallace - the illegitimate son of the 4th Marquess of Hertford - built up the original collection left to him by his father. Several Old Master paintings, notably 'The Laughing Cavalier', works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Reynolds, Rubens, Gainsborough, Titian and Romney make this gallery a worthy rival of others in the city. Renovations to the town house, which uniquely occupies the whole side of a garden square, include a glass-roofed courtyard - home to Oliver Peyton's brasserie - four new galleries and educational facilities. The acquisitions, bequeathed to the nation by Wallace's widow in 1897, are all free to view. There are regular tours during the week and weekend tours take place on Saturdays at 11.30am and Sundays at 3pm.

 
 

Events at Wallace Collection

Gilded Interiors: French Masterpieces Of Gilt Bronze
OngoingFree Event

4th May to 30th July 2017 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
Gilded Interiors: French Masterpieces Of Gilt Bronze Wallace Collection 2017-05-042017-07-30 Where:
Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square London, W1U 3BN
Category: Art Galleries
The Gilded Age: Models From The Linke Furniture Workshop
OngoingFree Event

8th April to 24th September 2017 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
The Gilded Age: Models From The Linke Furniture Workshop Wallace Collection 2017-04-082017-09-24 Where:
Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square London, W1U 3BN
Category: Art Galleries
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White Cube Bermondsey

At a massive 58,000 square feet White Cube Bermondsey Street is the largest commercial gallery in Europe.

144-152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

Jay Jopling's third - and largest - White Cube art gallery in London is located on Bermondsey Street and set in a former 1970s warehouse. At a massive 58,000 square feet White Cube Bermondsey Street is not only the largest art gallery within Jopling's White Cube empire but also the largest commercial gallery in Europe. A timely opening during the 2011 Frieze art fair, on 12 October 2011, launched the gallery to the world's richest and most influential art buyers. Designed by Casper Mueller Kneer Architects, the building has three principal exhibition spaces, substantial warehousing, private viewing rooms, an auditorium and a bookshop. The exhibition spaces are divided into the 'South Galleries', the principal display area, three smaller 'North Galleries', and the '9 x 9 x 9' gallery at the centre of the building. Frequently changing exhibitions by contemporary artists of the calibre of Jopling favourite Damien Hirst are supplemented by an education programme, artists' films and lectures. The first White Cube - one of the smallest exhibition spaces in Europe - was set up in Duke Street (1993-2002), not far from the current White Cube Mason's Yard which opened in September 2006, six years after White Cube Hoxton Square opened in April 2000.

 
 

Events at White Cube Bermondsey

Dreamers Awake
On SoonFree Event

28th June to 17th September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Dreamers Awake White Cube Bermondsey 2017-06-282017-09-17 Where:
White Cube Bermondsey, 144-152 Bermondsey Street London, SE1 3TQ
Category: Art Galleries
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White Cube Hoxton Square

Free-to-view, cutting edge art in hipster East London.

48 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London, N1 6PB

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

A leading part of the ferociously fashionable East London art scene, White Cube Hoxton Square, the first of White Cube's three London galleries, is invariably filled with some of the world's most cutting-edge art. Owner Jay Jopling is as A-list as the artists he collects. Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gilbert and George and his former wife Sam Taylor-Wood are all represented and their works shown at the three galleries and beyond. Occasionally, for really large exhibitions (like Gilbert & George's Jack Freak Pictures), artworks are spread across two of the White Cube galleries at Hoxton Square, at Mason's Yard and at the third and largest White Cube in Bermondsey - all of which are free to visit.

 
 
 

Whitechapel Gallery

Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Designed in a distinctive Arts and Crafts architecture style by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Whitechapel, Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery, is renowned both for the beauty of its light, airy space and for embracing the local community in its work. Founded in 1901, extensive refurbishment saw the gallery double in size when it reopened in April 2009. The gallery does not have a permanent collection, preferring instead to host a constantly evolving programme of works and there is always something free to see. Community projects and retrospective exhibitions now rest alongside landmark examples of contemporary work. The Pop Art 'This is Tomorrow' exhibition of 1956 is often hailed as the gallery's most iconic event, although there are a number of other exhibitions worthy of note. Picasso's 'Guernica' was displayed here in 1938, Jackson Pollock had work exhibited at the gallery in the 1950s, David Hockney's first show was held here in 1970 and Lucian Freud had a major exhibition in 1993. With its pillared supports and high ceilings, The Lower Gallery, in particular, is a fantastic exhibition space.

 
 

Events at Whitechapel Gallery

Alicja Kwade
Ends TodayFree Event

28th September 2016 to 25th June 2017 | Free

 
Alicja Kwade Whitechapel Gallery 2016-09-282017-06-25 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Artists' Film International
OngoingFree Event

30th May to 30th July 2017 - 11am-6pm | Free

 
Artists' Film International Whitechapel Gallery 2017-05-302017-07-30 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
A Handful Of Dust
OngoingFree Event

7th June to 3rd September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
A Handful Of Dust Whitechapel Gallery 2017-06-072017-09-03 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome
OngoingFree Event

7th June to 10th September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome Whitechapel Gallery 2017-06-072017-09-10 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Emanuel Almborg: Learning Matter
OngoingFree Event

27th April to 20th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Emanuel Almborg: Learning Matter Whitechapel Gallery 2017-04-272017-08-20 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
ISelf Collection: Self Portrait As The Billy Goat
OngoingFree Event

27th April to 20th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
ISelf Collection: Self Portrait As The Billy Goat Whitechapel Gallery 2017-04-272017-08-20 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
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